(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 20, 2019) — Progressives in Berkshire County have infected the criminal justice system with a notion euphemistically called “restorative justice.” It might better be called, “Give the minority criminal carte blanche.”

Today we reprint an item first published in The Hartford Courant over the weekend. We run it with commentary supplied by a free-speech website called Turtleboy. The article concerns the arrest of a Groton, CT middle school employee. THE PLANET shares this with our readers as an illustration of the type of activities that are going on in public middle schools such as Reid and Herberg in Pittsfield.

The article serves two other illustrative purposes. First, it shows graphically where “restorative justice” leads. Second, it can also serve as pushback to anyone who might believe our recent reporting on the middle schools was exaggerated. To satisfy all doubt, do a Google search for “Corriche Gaskin.” Better yet, research how public middle schools have become cesspools whose spawn will be passed along, with their doctored test scores, to the high schools. Then, if you have school-age children, get them the heck out of Pittsfield public school and into Catholic school.

The news item from the Hartford Courant is printed in bold face. Comments from Turtleboy appear in italics. We give fair warning that Turtleboy‘s comments are full-throated. If you don’t want it told with utter frankness, do not read. We think Turtleboy‘s comments reflect the inner disgust of good-hearted people, what many of us think about people like Gaskin but will not express because they are not politically correct. The commentary deals with the gravity of this intolerable situation with the most effective means: humor. They are scream-laughing funny precisely because the situation is so sad and infuriating.

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Corriche Gaskin, suspect

“A former New London school employee who police say sexually assaulted a middle school student in his office and had consensual sex with two adult staff members — sometimes in school — has been fired, a school board member said Tuesday. Corriche Gaskin, 35, of Groton recorded the sexual acts and showed the cellphone videos to another middle school student, according to an arrest warrant. Gaskin, whose job was to prevent bullying and help students at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School get along, was arrested last week for the second time in a month.”


Stop right there. Bennie Dover Middle School. Who in tarnation green lighted that one? Was Hugh Jass Middle already taken? If you hire this guy to work at Ben Dover Middle School. You best believe someone’s gonna get bent over. That’s just science.

“He was charged April 5 with risk of injury to a minor and May 7 with second-degree sexual assault, third-degree possession of child pornography, voyeurism with malice, dissemination of voyeuristic material and four counts of risk of injury to a minor, police said. Gaskin was placed on paid leave at the time of his April arrest, and now other school employees have been suspended, police said. The criminal investigation is still active, Capt. Brian Wright said Tuesday. Catala said he learned that three female staff members, including the school’s director, Alison Burdick, were placed on leave, as was the male administrator who supervised Gaskin, Lawrence Washington.”

You’ll never guess what Gaskin’s job title was….

“Gaskin’s job as a behavior, or “climate,” specialist was to prevent bullying and other problems between students in New London schools and oversee investigations into incidents of bullying, the school district said in April. Catala said it is an important role: “Climate coach is the first line of defense when there’s a problem with a student,” he said of the job done by Gaskin.”

Oh I see. He was just offering up his mutton dagger to teachers and students as part of his official duties as “climate specialist.” Nothing prevents bullying quite like a mouthful of Suge’s scrotum sugar. And how did schools ever survive without a “climate specialist?” If that isn’t an SJW buzzword position for “diversity hire” I don’t know what is. 

“According to the arrest warrant affidavit for Gaskin’s April 5 arrest, he “knowingly exposed [a student] to multiple pornographic videos.” The cellphone videos showed a student, a teacher and a paraprofessional performing a sex act on Gaskin in separate incidents during the 2016-2017 school year, the affidavit said.

“When police interviewed the student who appeared in the video, she told them she was in the 8th grade when Gaskin called her into his office for “no apparent reason” toward the end of the school year. He told her another student had told him the 8th grader thought he was cute, and he “pulled it out,” the affidavit said. The girl told police she “just did it,” and Gaskin told her not to tell anyone. She was unaware that Gaskin had recorded any part of the encounter, according to the affidavit.”

Imagine how much of a LOSER you have to be to pull an 8th grader into your classroom and tell her that you heard from ANOTHER 8th grader that she thinks you’re cute. Now imagine how sexually deranged you have to be to view this as a green light to whip out your porridge pumper and tell a child to go to town on it. THEN imagine how STUPID you have to be to secretly record this crime and then show it off to another 8th grader like she’s going to be impressed by it. I can understand an 8th grader giving in, since they’re victims who likely didn’t know any better. But the teachers too?

“A woman who taught at the middle school during the 2016-2017 school year told police she had been involved in a sexual relationship with Gaskin during which he “on multiple occasions … attempted to initiate sexual activity inside the school, specifically inside a lower-level supply closet and multiple times in her classroom,” the affidavit said. The woman, now 25, said she was not aware she was being taped and would not have consented to being recorded.”

Oh fuck off. You were getting stuffed by a kiddie diddler who kept trying to pound you in the broom closet. Yet you kept riding him anyway, and now you’re acting surprised that he taped your ass. At least the other teacher just came out and admitted she’s a two bit whore who likes to get drilled by Mr. Creepy:

“A woman who was a paraprofessional during the same school year said she was aware she was being taped and that Gaskin had “numerous” stored videos in his cellphone depicting such sex acts. That woman, now 21, told police “Gaskin did this often and it was ’his thing,’ ” the arrest warrant affidavit said.”

His thing was recording himself banging everything with a pulse in the middle school where his job was to prevent bullying. And she fucked him anyway. Good thing she’s pursuing a career in education.
Oh, and just to top this all off…..

“Officials knew Gaskin had a federal drug conviction when they hired him as a paraprofessional a few years ago but they hired him anyway.”

Yup, he was a drug dealer before getting a job in the schools. But they hired him anyway because these liberal school districts are obsessed with buzzwords like “criminal justice reform.” After all, selling drugs is a “non violent” crime. Why shouldn’t you be able to pick up the pieces and pursue life as a normal, law abiding citizen after being arrested for selling drugs? He didn’t exactly hide the fact that he was a complete douche canoe on social media either.

The fact of the matter is that this guy was hired to teach at this school to be a “climate specialist” because the powers that be wanted to feel good about themselves for giving an ex-con a second chance. Then he went and raped an 8th grader and made another 8th grader watch a video of it. Yay progress!!

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Incident similar to this occur, and are occurring, in Pittsfield middle schools. You won’t find out about them because there is a cloak of silence in this city, a mighty piece of fabric that doesn’t have to worry about an investigative press or a criminal justice system that truly cares about justice or public safety for citizens.

Yes, give McCandless and Yon their extra millions.


“We have geared the machines and locked all together into interdependence”Robinson Jeffers, from “The Purse-Seine.”



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  1. Jonathan Melle
    May 19, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

    What about all of the children who were sexually abused by Catholic Priests over the decades?

    Let us not forget about the news reports about Carmen Massimiano’s alleged sexual abuse of a 7 year old boy!

    Also, let us not forget Angelo Stracuzzi’s alleged sexual abuse of teenage boys in Maine!

    Pittsfield politics’ pillars of the community are alleged sexual abusers of children!

    • Sojourner Truth
      May 20, 2019 at 5:45 am #

      Wasn’t Angelo convicted and later embroiled with a probation controversy because his oversight was transferred to Pittsfield and his probation officer served on the board of Angelo’s golden handshake institution. Wasn’t there millions involved in Angelo’s separation agreement ?
      I was asked by a Boston area politician if Pittsfield still had ‘
      “a bar stool mayor” and was really controlled by a cult of pedophiles.
      Perception is reality.

      • Jonathan Melle
        May 20, 2019 at 7:21 am #

        Pittsfield politics is ran by the Good Old Boys (GOB). What is the GOB? The answer is the GOB is a group of inbred, interrelated Pittsfield families that have run Pittsfield politics for generations. The GOB runs the show through corruption and fear. If one speaks out about the way Pittsfield politics operates, the consequences are retaliations! The GOB will take away your job. The GOB will blacklist you from finding a job. The GOB will spread vicious rumors against you. The GOB will make false complaints against you to the police. In short, the GOB will bully you. The outcome is low voter turnout, civic apathy, and insider, handpicked candidates winning pre-determined so-called “elections”. In short, you have the same group of political hacks who become entitled career politicians in state and local government. If one has ideals about democracy, freedom of speech, competitive elections, inclusiveness and diversity in Pittsfield politics, you will be run out of town. To be clear, the fix is always in!

        – Jonathan Melle

        • Johnny Absurd
          May 20, 2019 at 11:15 am #

          And good sir, are there any exceptions to this group of evil doers you speak about? Could you name just one maybe?

          • Jonathan Melle
            May 20, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

            I am not allowed to name names on this awesome blog, but believe me when I say the GOB is an incestuous group of interrelated, inbred local families that have run Pittsfield politics for generations! The GOB runs the show, and no one has been able to effectively stop the GOB yet. Pittsfield politics is ran like a mafia!
            – Jonathan Melle

  2. C. Trzcinka
    May 19, 2019 at 8:59 pm #

    This is going on in Pittsfield today? What the article describes is a crime. We know about it because the police have evidence, some of which was produced by the perpetrator. If there is evidence of this today in Pittsfield the police need to know and the prosecutor needs to act.

    Maybe I’m uninformed but my belief is that progressives are fools to hire people like this which they often do because of the excuses for ugly behavior and the inability to make judgments. But rarely do they excuse or cover up a crime.

    • danvalenti
      May 20, 2019 at 7:35 am #

      Nice hearing from you.
      As to your comment, “if only …”
      If only we had an honest and transparent report about what’s going on in the PPS. Then Pittsfield might actually have a chance at providing EDUCATION.
      If only.

  3. Johnny99
    May 20, 2019 at 1:08 am #


    You are obviously outta touch with the new wave progressive ways, and not very sensitive to the trauma this poor chap experienced in his hard scrabble life in a racist America, because the question of the day is not “why did you do it?”, but rather “what happened to you?” it’s called “trauma informed” prosecutions and it’s what the DA campaigned on. It is along the lines of the restorative justice crap DA campaigned on.

    • danvalenti
      May 20, 2019 at 7:33 am #

      So right! The accused in this story, like all other minorities who get into scraps with the law, has to be “trauma informed.” Thank heavens I have lived a life without ANY trauma, ANY setbacks, ANY defeats, ANY getting thrown off the horse hard. Thank heaven I had everything handed to me, with success easy never having had to overcome disadvantages and bone-crushing failure. You too, presumably.

      • Johnny99
        May 21, 2019 at 1:30 am #

        Presumably, I would not get a very high “adversity” score on the SAT, even though I have have suffered many injustices throughout life in many ways, including being discriminated against based on race, gender, and sexual orientation, age, political views etc, was never really handed anything, and earned my doctorate in the school of hard knocks, and was given no cash cards, food stamps card, free phone, free apartment, free car, free heat, free medical, or other unearned freebies, like free college, and was raised in a single parent family. Unfortunately, for us hardworking, older, white, straight males that worked hard all our lives to support the layabouts, loafers, and lackeys, along with our families and ourselves, the deck is stacked against us due to our “white privilege” If I were simply a different race, gender, or sexual orientation, I could be “diverse” and I could milk my diversity till the cows come home. But thank heaven for The American Way, because that’s how I made it. The good ole fashioned way.

        • danvalenti
          May 21, 2019 at 7:03 am #

          That’s what “white privilege” has come to mean as defined by the progressives — middle-age to older white, straight males who played by the rules, worked their butts off, and tried to always do the right thing, what you rightly call “the good ole fashioned way.”

  4. Johnny Absurd
    May 20, 2019 at 1:59 am #

    According to the Eagle Dicenzo pleaded guilty in 2014 but has yet to be sentenced. Why? Is this also “progressive” justice? Is this part of liberal leniency? Or Pittsfield leniency? How does the new DA feel about this?

    If walls could talk in Pittsfield I imagine all kinds of shocking behavior would be exposed. Thank God for the “personnel issue” label.

  5. CC The Maze Sun
    May 20, 2019 at 2:46 am #

    People really need to figure out what this life is and exit this Game proper when their time comes. Instead of being recycled back in to this.

    “Don’t come around here no more” “Whatever you’re lookin for”
    “Don’t come around here no more”
    – Tom Petty

    “Get Back, Get Back, Get Back to where you once belonged
    Get Back, Get Back, Get Back to where you once belonged”
    – The Beatles (final song)

  6. Pat
    May 20, 2019 at 3:53 am #

    Soon this cloak of silence will cover the entire country. The Northeast has been among the first areas in the country to fall down the Progressive rabbit hole so we are where the rest of the country is heading if this is not stopped.

    What will it take to force our local news media to tell the truth about what is happening in our local schools? They are keeping the cloak of silence to make everyone think that all is well and not expose the chaos in our local schools since that would show just how their philosophy is failing. All we hear are leaks from time to time of what is really happening.

    • Jonny Absurdo
      May 20, 2019 at 5:10 am #

      But Pat thank god there ain’t gonna be any more abortions in the states that really care about gods children. God will take care of them if their mothers don’t want them but pump them out anyway please cuz the population be dwindling. Most of them will probably grow up to be good law abiding hard working tax paying citizens who will vote the proper way as the lord would want them to… I am sure they won’t be a burden to anybody. Pump em out mommies…it is the republican way

      • Pat
        May 20, 2019 at 9:22 am #

        So you really believe in “Kill them now, or kill them later”? Since when is living in poverty or having bad parents a reason to abort a child? Lots of people would love to have and adopt that unwanted child. Lots of kids grow up in poverty and still have good lives and some even become very famous and help the world.

        • Johnny Absurdo
          May 20, 2019 at 11:22 am #

          Well Pat, one thing I don’t believe in is putting someone else’s child in a cage. I would rather have a child have been aborted than have it live in a cage. I would rather have the early mercy killing than to have it suffer from being unloved and neglected. But that is just me. Some people do believe that it is better to be alive and suffering than to be dead. (as long as it is not them)

        • Johnny Absurdo
          May 20, 2019 at 11:25 am #

          I think someone stole your common sense dude. And all lawyers are a disgrace so that kills that argument.

  7. Reyfer Hayfield Jones
    May 20, 2019 at 4:38 am #

    Outside of the Planet and the News Hour, there is way to much Nepotism in the media, especially the Eagle and P C T V. All of these types serve themselves as well as the special interests that they praise and glorify. Council and Mayor issues should be discussed at City Hall, not in the Eagle editorials, or any of the shows on PCTV, it is out of hand.

    • Acute Angina
      May 20, 2019 at 9:13 am #

      Anyone who lives or works in pittsfield can have a show. It’s right on their website. So start a show.

  8. The school committee
    May 20, 2019 at 4:56 am #

    Not being a supporter of Pittsfield middle school philosophy I in no way thought by your illustration of this crime and this predator that this is going on here.I give up.

    • danvalenti
      May 20, 2019 at 7:29 am #

      The story is used simply as an example of what goes on, and what CAN go on, in middle school. It is extreme, granted, but that’s the very point of it.

  9. Brian C. Marquis
    May 20, 2019 at 5:13 am #

    And to think our district attorney is now on a world tour examining Portugal’s drug policy et al. Portugal Republic?

    The Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA, district attorney is seeking guidance and policy direction from Portugal?

    Are you kiddin’ me?

    Why to go, Berkshire County.

    All you Caccaviello fence straddlers should very proud of yourselves, too. You put “Andrew” in office. And to think I’m the one who’s ‘unstable” and “obsessed . . . “. Go figure!!

    And that’s the bottom-line!!

    • danvalenti
      May 20, 2019 at 7:27 am #

      Maybe the D.A. can bring back some holy water from Fatima to help her with the job.

      • Herb Pease
        May 20, 2019 at 9:18 am #

        Yes, she should bring back a tanker full and then run it through krofta sandfloat. Then we should be in fine shape.

      • Brian C. Marquis
        May 20, 2019 at 11:06 am #

        Who would have guessed our illustrious DA would end up in Portugal, of all places. Go figure!

        Although, “Andrew” might try lobbying our legislators, upon her return, to decriminalize ALL drugs, as did Portugal in 2001.

        That’s what psychotropic Pittsfield needs right now – ALL drugs decriminalized. Of course it’s one way to control and manipulate the lesser-than-thou commoner.

        You really can’t make this stupid stuff up!!

  10. Mr. G
    May 20, 2019 at 5:40 am #

    Hey Dan, this is not the most stellar journalistic endeavor I’ve read. Basically you recount a crazy story from another vehicle, which then Includes critical opinion stuff (funny though it is) from a second vehicle, then leap from that to saying all that and more goes on here in the Pittsfiend district. How very Goebbels-like of you doing the guilt-by-inference thing. You KNOW a bunch of your readers are already thinking, “I can’t believe this happened in Pittsfield! That damn McCandless.”

    I’m sure tons of bad stuff goes on in the Pittsfield middle schools. If you know of something, or several things that actually happened, say them. Otherwise the simile, the comparison, loses all value. You know we are in agreement on 97% of the issues raised in the original, and the state of the school system in general. While this is a cute opinion piece, I do not believe it rises to the level of your lofty journalistic standards.

    • danvalenti
      May 20, 2019 at 7:26 am #

      MR G
      Thanks for the comment.

    • Ted
      May 20, 2019 at 11:04 am #

      Agree with G.

    • Magoo
      May 24, 2019 at 6:14 am #

      Again while Ms. Harrington may not of been the best or brightest individual for the job, she is much better than the previous administration,and unless her record improves she’ll be second shortest serving District Attorney and Berkshire county.
      I agree with you 100% that she needs to be more active in combating crime in the Berkshires. Her first step should be returning integrity the previous administration compromised.
      Restoring trust and confidence, victims need to come forward.
      Who wants to be the next David Glaser? Who capeless and Caccaviello allowed to be slaughtered for larger headlines.

      See my other post from today.
      As it’s full name Friday lol
      Great idea !
      And I would like to pursue this discussion personally, as we seam to share a desire to change the atmosphere in our beautiful Berkshires.
      Im Tom Betit
      Message me on Facebook or
      Dan is welcome to forward my contact information to yourself.

  11. The school committee
    May 20, 2019 at 6:06 am #

    Again ed reform is a conservative right wing idea to combat the greatness of Japan’s superiority as sold in the late 1980s and here we are. Unions,public education and courts were the order of the day.The political plan from the eighties was always pit race against each other. Always pit patriotism against social reform,always pit capitalism against socialism.That strategy has won in America.The people can never come together and the small party of wealth and corporation keep power. Hispanics are the new enemy coming to America.To many votes to control so build a wall.

    • danvalenti
      May 20, 2019 at 7:25 am #

      Ed Reform was undertaken in Massachusetts in 1993 after (a) colleges began howling about high school grads unable to compete in freshman-level English and math courses, and (b) the Dreaded Private Sector got on the politicians that h.s. grads couldn’t perform basic functions. Trillions of dollars later, the (a) and (b) situation are worse. Ed Reform was a great idea but the implementation was horribly botched after the unions got involved.

  12. The school committee
    May 20, 2019 at 10:36 am #

    Dan,you must be aware of the political idea of ed reform that brought school choice.Fox News,Hannity,Limbaugh around the clock vomit on school choice so that the poor kids could go to the rich kid schools…what a joke as it was about leaving urban schools to fail.That politics was turned into Law.The worst idea for poor people by republicans as they were left the crumbs and the well heeled city kid got a ride to the suburbs.Dont leave out the history of Ed reform.

  13. The school committee
    May 20, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    Remember what is going on still with the Catholic church reporting sex by priest with pre puberty children right now.How long do Catholics have to wait to get the truth of what the neighborhood places of worship were doing ARE doing as we speak.They took a vow of silence for a reason.

  14. Edward R. Murrow
    May 20, 2019 at 11:12 am #

    Gaskin trained at Jacques Strappe Academy, also the alma mater of many a Pittsfield pol and employee.

  15. Method Actor
    May 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

    This is going on a lot of schools in the area. Staff having sex with parents sometimes in the school, an interim administrator having sex with a superintendent she did this at her old school and was forced to move on. A support staff person sleeping with a parent and then a para. A school committee member sleeping with a teacher who then left to an out of state job.
    A teacher having sex with another teacher’s husband, there’s even a swingers club at one of the K-8 schools. The smaller the district the worse it is.

  16. Shakes
    May 20, 2019 at 1:15 pm #

    Deviant behavior and actions take place at all walks of life. Anytime there is a trust connection – be it priest, police officer, firefighter, doctor, etc. – some people will take advantage of that trust. The Planet would only re-print a story with an African American man because that suits his omniscient white man narrative. A quick google turns up countless sexually predatory teachers from all ethnic and personal backgrounds.

    • Pat
      May 20, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

      You are obviously missing the whole point of Dan’s article which is, “Give the minority criminal carte blanche” which is happening in some school systems, possibly even our own, where “restorative justice” has taken the place of common sense and lets crimes go unpunished because the perpetrator is a minority criminal.

      So you can see that running a story about a white person committing a crime would not fit in with the main theme of Dan’s article. Everyone knows that crimes are committed by white people.

    • Harrison
      May 20, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

      Right on Shakes.

    • Pat
      May 20, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

      Not right on Shakes. If you read and understood Dan’s article it’s about restorative justice and giving the minority criminal carte blanche to avoid being prosecuted for crimes due to being a minority. The article is VERY CLEAR about that so I don’t understand why you insist Dan should use the example of a white person committing a crime. That would NOT apply to the point that Dan is trying to make.

      Instead you have to say white people commit crimes too which is so obvious, but has nothing to do with what the article is about.

      • Johnny99
        May 21, 2019 at 1:46 am #

        Pat, very well said. People often twist and turn and interpret Dans’ columns to fit their own agendas and bias’s. Fact is, black males commit a tremendous amount of crime in this country, including in schools, as a percentage of population, and are “over represented” as a percentage of population, biggly, in school trouble making, and this has been going on since the 70’s, at least. Google restorative justice failures folks if you want the truth.

        • Pat
          May 21, 2019 at 5:02 am #

          Thank you Johnny99. They can’t handle the truth of anything that differs from their agenda which is why they try to silence voices.

        • Shakes
          May 21, 2019 at 5:12 am #

          There is NOTHING in the article, or in this case at all, that has anything to do with restorative justice. You all can take those words right out of your mouths because you clearly have no idea what they mean. Just bunch of ignorant parrots. Restorative justice has nothing to do with race, and it doesn’t mean ignoring problems. If PPS tries restorative justice techniques to reduce low-level suspensions and they fail, then blame their shitty implementation.

          Clearly the New London school district failed its students and the decision makers are going to be appropriately punished.

          • Johnny99
            May 21, 2019 at 6:28 am #

            Restorative justice has lots to do with race and it was implemented in schools because blacks were being suspended and other otherwise disciplined at a disproportionate rate and Obama’s racist justice department threatenedto sue school districts and told them even if minority groups misbehaved more than other groups you could not suspend them at a higher rate because of disparate impact bullshit and they encouraged ways, such as restorative justice, to stop the alleged school to prison pipeline. Need I post the Obama justice department memo to schools on this along with several other links that prove the failures of restorative justice in the schools? And guess who suffers the most from this progressive puffery? The minority kids who follow the rules.

          • danvalenti
            May 21, 2019 at 6:59 am #

            Yes. Follow the rules, and your screwed. Be an honest, upright citizen who pays for his own home repairs and keeps his yard tidy and be played for a sucker. The present system rewards the “gimme gangs and groups.”

          • Shakes
            May 21, 2019 at 7:04 am #

            Restorative Justice has nothing to do with race. You yourself admit it in your post.

            Restorative Justice is one tool (in what should be an array of discipline techniques) aimed at keeping kids in classrooms where they can learn. It does not eliminate suspensions and expulsions. Again, if PPS has a shitty implementation plan, blame the administrators and School Board.

          • Shakes
            May 21, 2019 at 8:07 am #

            How did we go from kids’ behavior in schools to some creep working at a school to people fixing their homes?

  17. The school committee
    May 20, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    Mayor Tyer is in denial or lying about the problems today in the middle schools.Mayor Mazzeo if smart will say she will take that problem on and solve it 90 day after her election.A leader says we have a middle school problem .Ex Mayor Tyer wont admit that we need to run schools differently that we have done for 10 years under Amuso,Yon,Eberwien,Massimiano..Mazzeos slogan is I’m Driving To The Problem Now.

    • doomiedodger
      May 20, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

      Keep in mind that Mayor Tyer does not control the school system. the school system controls mayor Tyer. Thems the logistics of local government.

  18. Fugimoto Hockalugi
    May 20, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer has a tentative plan to get rid of the eyesore of a former Hess gas station on Tyler Street.

    In the proposed capital budget, Tyer is seeking funds to purchase the property and turn it into green space. The mayor said on Monday the parcel has been identified as an important piece of redevelopment on Tyler Street and the city has agreed to take ownership, provided the owners are willing to sell to MassDevelopment.

    “If so, the city has informed MassDevelopment that it is willing to take ownership of the property and, at least as an interim measure, demolish the existing structures and create a passive green space,” Tyer wrote in an email.

    “We would then initiate a planning process with the community to determine the best long-term use of the property, be it development for a mix of commercial and housing or maintenance as green space.”

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      May 20, 2019 at 8:45 pm #


    • Johnny99
      May 21, 2019 at 1:49 am #

      Uneffinbelieveable. Simply uneffinbelieveable.

    • Shakes
      May 21, 2019 at 5:14 am #

      Kudos to Mayor Tyer for developing an action plan addressing the former Hess station eyesore.

      • Thomas More
        May 21, 2019 at 6:12 am #

        If the city gets hold of Hess you will find a bigger more costly property than the Stetson Cleaners.lot on Federal St.

        • Shakes
          May 21, 2019 at 7:07 am #

          Environmental cleanup is never inexpensive.

      • Two Cents
        May 21, 2019 at 8:38 am #

        Yea, it only took 3 and half years to come up with a plan that may or not be feasible. Great job….By Pittsfield standards that reward failure.

    • Trump Train
      May 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

      Have the underground gasoline tanks been removed and / or remediated. If not, just another poorly thought through Pittsfield idea.

  19. Jonathan Melle
    May 20, 2019 at 8:39 pm #

    Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky turned the Oval Office into the Oral Orifice.

  20. The school committee
    May 21, 2019 at 2:27 am #

    Pat,Trumps appeal is to the racist in us all and storing the fear that white America is losing its edge. Your restorative justice language has nothing to do with with the crime Dan reprinted here.The schools cover this stuff up because white people of influence vomit these violations in very high numbers.Also most Catholic church violations that are covered up are white men.Restoritive justice is your new out of context phrase,socialism is the other.

    • Pat
      May 21, 2019 at 4:44 am #

      You do know that all of the Catholic churches that you are constantly putting down are the same Catholic churches helping all of the illegal immigrants coming over the border…offering them food, shelter since the far left has done nothing to ease the suffering on the border and, in fact, even refuses to say we have a humanitarian crisis on the border. Thank you to our Catholic churches for their humanitarian efforts. You will only hear put-downs of anything Catholic from the far left. They will use any sex abuse violations in the church to tar and feather the whole church.

      • The school committee
        May 21, 2019 at 5:17 am #

        Its another institution like our current president who don’t want the Truth exposed,Conservative Catholic faithful know what went on and are trying to change the abusive coverup.Its still being exposed.It may be the largest sex abuse crime of all time.Eve n republicans know the truth of this story.Some people can stay in denial

        • Pat
          May 21, 2019 at 9:18 am #

          It’s the people at the top of the church who are the problem NOT the whole church and YOU KNOW IT. Still waiting for praise for all the good the church is doing on the border. Lots of good catholic people out there.

          • Johnny Absurdo
            May 21, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

            Praise? PRAISE??? These do gooding church folk are only encouraging more immigrants to come here. Trump is putting their kids in cages but they still keep coming. Why? They come for the food that is why. And these so called churches are complicit in the horrid immigration problem. Trump needs to build a wall around the churches so these people can’t get at the food and then and only then can we begin to curb the influx of hungry tummies who callously cross our borders in both the day and dark of night. Hannity is not happy about people who help hungry immigrants and I know you listen to the guy so stop praising the damn churches for Gods sake. Don’t make nut case Hannity any more mad than he already is.

  21. The school committee
    May 21, 2019 at 2:34 am #

    When will Trump become the Health Care President he promised you.He missed delivering his plan last July and have to heard a peep about healthcare.Only city or state employees like their healthcare bill because its paid for by the socialist taxpayers.Pat,do you benefit in anyway from the collective taxpayer dollars?Around the Berkshire most here collect income from the socialist economy.

    • Fake News
      May 21, 2019 at 8:54 am #

      The school committee = fake information. He has a Phd in fake info.

  22. Mamma Bear and lil ones
    May 21, 2019 at 4:00 am #

    Spring. Bears. Garbage. Bears get the garbage. Drag into neighbor’s yard. Tear up garbage. Spread garbage in yard.

    Second time in a month.

    Who picks it up? Not you.

    Keep the garbage indoors somewhere. Maybe the large garage you have?

    Health Department complaint will be filed, again.


    • Johnny Absurdo
      May 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

      Have the guy drive all around the city. Huge mounds of garbage out the night before everywhere. not that these guys are going to knock on any doors and risk getting shot over garbage though.

      But the streets are hopelessly littered with trash and the overnighting contributes to it.

  23. Canem Bonum
    May 21, 2019 at 5:44 am #

    Mr. Valenti, Your journalism skills are way beyond this Willie Horton garbage. C’mon! Some of your points have merit but your use of this “news” undermines your message and has racist overtones.

    • Johnny99
      May 21, 2019 at 6:19 am #

      That Willie Horton was black had nothing to do with the fact he was a convicted murder who was let out of jail on a weekend pass, and raped and killed a woman. Unless you’re saying he was let out of jail because he was black but that’s news to me.

      • Shakes
        May 21, 2019 at 7:18 am #


  24. Johnny99
    May 21, 2019 at 7:26 am #


    I hate to clog up the blog with all kinds of links, and hopefully Dan will forgive me, but you need a serious drink fom the cup of knowledge, because you are totally wrong about restorative justice and race in the schools. Put these in your martini glass, and shake them:

    • Shskes
      May 21, 2019 at 5:50 pm #

      You didn’t read the material you posted. Lolz

    • Mr. Fritz
      May 21, 2019 at 7:18 pm #

      That last article in The Times News says it all! Restorative Justice is a failed policy!

  25. CC The Maze Sun
    May 21, 2019 at 10:01 am #

    “ReElect Me and I promise a Pot (Hole) in every square inch of every street in the City of Pittsfield. I will get rid of Kentucky Fried Chicken and recap Silver Lake to shield you from the toxic waste. I will reopen the Consent Decree and make GE give us more money. (Us not you.). I will wipe out the scourge of plastic bags from off the face of the earth.

    I will repave the airport runway constantly for YOUR convenience when flying. Your tax dollars will be used to tear down and dispose of the train station and rebuild the Miller Theater for your enjoyment.

    Tax cuts to theaters and restaurants will abound. Pyramid Mall is now a multi-million dollar colossal failure. Now you can thank Uncle Charlie Smith for saying FU to your vote. ReElect me and you can expect more of the same.”
    – The Incumbent

  26. Reignbow
    May 21, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

    St Marks on the corner pot hole,and also sewer drain tire cutter,has been there since march,terrible.

  27. Koptor Jenkowsky
    May 21, 2019 at 3:21 pm #

    On international news, a woman ran into a pedestrian, the pedestrian was severely injured,the windshield of the BMW had a big hole in it and the owner was ticked with just a minor vehicle violation as she submitted to a guilty plea,misdemeanor, claiming she didn’t realize she had struck the man.

  28. Dewey Major Deffner
    May 21, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

    Tristan intelligence is that TrumpU was taking these rich kids at a million a pop. Trump in return would give them phony Scholarships to put on their resume, and pass them with highest of achievements,no matter a how intelligent they were. What a bum,he is.

  29. Reignbow
    May 21, 2019 at 4:13 pm #

    That’s It! I heard it first. Th Mayor said it. All American Comeback

  30. Duff St Cufflinks
    May 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm #

    The St Marks corner is a definite safety hazard. To avoid that sewer plate cutting a tire, one must go around it into the other lane going east on west. Very dangerous.

  31. GMHeller
    May 22, 2019 at 1:55 am #

    Dan, Thank you for providing us a bunch more reasons to home-school our kids rather than submit them to the outright stupidity and very real risks inherent in sending them daily to the government-run schools.

  32. GMHeller
    May 22, 2019 at 2:14 am #

    Hey Dan,
    Check out these videos of this precocious California kid imitating AOC. Hilarious!

  33. Magoo
    May 24, 2019 at 6:01 am #

    People have short memories, Wahconah regional high schools
    Resource officer, used his position to facilitate Sexual encounters with high school girls. The victims of Which the Dalton Police Department/ State police attached to the district attorneys office later intimidated into silence. And you thought it only happened at Williams college ? Remarkably this officer is still employed by the Dalton Police department. Who also protectedJames Scace another disgraced former officer and now convicted felon, to the point of a fellow officer perjuring himself ending his career also.
    Which was also part of disgraced former Berkshire district attorneys Capeless and Caccaviello’s, Cover up of local corruption, criminal behavior and Pedophilia.
    Turtleboy was to expose this criminal behavior when Caccaviello manufactured a crime and had myself arrested.
    I made you aware also prior, yet you sat on the story. I know you have the courage, byyour exposing The attempted cover up of Meredith Nilans hit and run. Which your civil rights were violated as a result of which may have influenced your decision not to engage story at that time.